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Top CNS stories for today including Senator Jeff Flake ralling Monday night in New Hampshire for the return of civility and compromise in American politics; a record number of Californians have registered to vote ahead of the November midterms in which they’ll pick a new governor, a U.S. Senator and decide a host of hotly contested congressional races; in a new court filing, BuzzFeed explains in detail for the first time how it came to publish the so-called “Russia dossier” compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele; voicing alarm at expanded registration requirements for sex offenders, Justice Neil Gorsuch says the federal law appears to give prosecutors too much power; a federal judge advances a class action accusing Chipotle Mexican Grill of falsely advertising its food as made from only non-GMO ingredients; a new international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that while American allies want the U.S. to remain the world’s top superpower, and more.
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1.) Closely watched for his pivotal role in the battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senator Jeff Flake rallied Monday night in New Hampshire for the return of civility and compromise in American politics.
2.) Faced with picking a new governor, a U.S. Senator and deciding a host of hotly contested congressional races and propositions, a record number of Californians are registered to vote ahead of the November midterms.
3.) In a new court filing, BuzzFeed not only explains how it plans to defend itself in an ongoing libel suit, but also explains in detail for the first time how it came to publish the so-called “Russia dossier” compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
4.) The fate of an Alabama man who murdered a police officer 33 years ago – but can no longer remember the crime or understand why he received the death penalty – was weighed by justices of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
6.) Calling Monsanto’s efforts to hide the alleged carcinogenicity of its Roundup weed killer “reprehensible,” attorneys for a school groundskeeper dying of cancer urged a San Francisco judge late Monday to keep intact a $289 million jury verdict for their client.
7.) Reconsidering his previous dismissal, a federal judge has decided to advance a class action accusing Chipotle Mexican Grill of falsely advertising its food as made from only non-GMO ingredients.
8.) Defending a no-politics policy that took effect after an openly anti-Muslim group beat it in court, a lawyer for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority testified Monday that the agency was justified in blocking advertising about racial disparities in mortgage lending.
Research & Polls
9.) A new international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that while American allies want the U.S. to remain the world’s top superpower, confidence in American global leadership has fallen significantly under the Trump administration.
10.) With six legs, antennae and wings, insects are not the first thing people think of when looking for a protein alternative. But new research indicates bugs may be an easier sell when they’re priced and presented as a luxury food.
11.) Stealing a phone may not be a particularly serious crime, but the European Court of Justice concluded Tuesday that gathering certain telecom data about the thief likewise is not too serious a breach of privacy.
12.) The leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a linchpin in Europe’s politics for the past 13 years, is on shaky ground in the run-up to state and party elections.
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